Toledo Bend Bass Fishing Report February 1, 2011

What a great season we’ve had so far. The lake continues to be almost seven feet below high pool at the time of this report and unless we receive a substantial amount of rain, the lake going into February will be way below normal levels for this time of year. February is the month the Bass and Crappie will start moving from deep water using the creeks and ditches as their highways heading to the shallow spawning flats. Shallow water warms faster and the bass will move into the shallows when the water temp approaches 55 degrees. This is what we refer to as “staging” before they move on the beds. The bass will go on a feeding frenzy bulking up for the spawn. If the water temperature drops the bass will drop back into deeper water. All sorts of baits can be productive at this time, jigs, spinner baits, traps, soft plastics, finesse baits, cranks and jerk baits. The Crappie will also start moving into the deep creek channels in anticipation to their spawn. Work the bends and points of the channel with jigs and shiners especially areas that have brush or cover. When the Crappie move into the shallows to spawn work the flats with a shiner or jig on a slip cork with an eighteen to twenty-four inch leader around grass lines, stumps and Cypress trees. A Beatle spin or similar lure on an ultra- lite spinning rig can be used to cover a lot of water until you locate the fish. When you talk about fishing in February you immediately associate fishing the river proper for the annual White Bass river migration. If the river level is high, we’ll work the flooded sloughs and pockets with traps, shallow diving crank baits and Road Runners. If the river level is low we’ll work the sand bars with live crawfish, Road Runners, Traps, shallow diving crank baits, or slab spoons. If we have a strong current, we’ll work the “eddies” down stream of the points and bends..

Water Temp: 50s

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